Champions are not born; they are made. They developed themselves by working very hard to achieve their dreams.
Why champions win?
Champions win because they think like champions. They think like winners, not like losers.
Peter McWilliams said, “Our thoughts create our reality- where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”
Champions don’t quit because they are tired. They quit because they have succeeded. In the words of Billie Jean King, “Champions keep playing until they got it right.” Losers quit because they got it wrong. Winners quit because they got it right. If you want to win, don’t quit because you are tired, or because you got it wrong. Quit because you got it right, and that you are ready to take on the next assignment.
Champions always win because they are bold. They are courageous. They are fearless. They are not afraid to make mistakes. In fact, they love making mistakes.
Billie Jean King said, “Be bold. If you are going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” If you want to win, don’t be afraid to try. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Risk is a part of the game of life. Risk is a part of the game of winning. If you don’t take risk, how are you going to win? No risk, no win.
Champions win because they are self-aware. They know themselves. They know what they can and cannot do. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They know that it takes discipline to be a champion. They know that it doesn’t take overnight to be a champion. To quote Billie Jean King, “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” When you know yourself, you know others.
One can’t be successful without first knowing who one is. Life will be much more easier for you if you know who you are, what you want, where you are going, and how to get there. You cannot achieve anything of value if you are not functioning at your highest level. You cannot achieve anything great if you are just passing time. If you pass time, time will pass you.
If you want to become the person that you have always wanted to be, you MUST master yourself. You must master your life. Here are some additional steps to take if you are to become who you want to be:
“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”– Joss Whedon, American producer
The first thing to do if you want to become who you want to be is to be yourself. Yourself, but nothing else. If you are not yourself, who are you? To be yourself, you MUST believe in yourself, trust yourself, love yourself, accept yourself, think for yourself, and celebrate yourself. Don’t compete with others; cooperate with others. If even you want to compete, let it be against yourself. Remember to always be yourself if you want to succeed.
“Dig your well before you’re thirsty.“- Harvey Mackay
There is power in preparation. Always prepare yourself to succeed. Don’t underestimate anything. Always prepare yourself to seize anything opportunity. Don’t wait for people to tell you what to do. Do it before they even have the chance to tell you anything. The secret to success is preparation, preparation, preparation.
Don’t Resist Change.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally toward in whatever way they like.”- Lao Tzu
Change is important to your growth and development. Don’t resist change. Allow things to flow. Allow things to happen the way it ought to be, not the way you want it to be. Change is a way to learn, to understand yourself, to know others, to think in different ways, to get out of comfort zone. If you don’t understand why change is been proposed, don’t resist it. Find a way to understand why the change is been proposed. Change is not funny, so is status quo. If you want your life to change, embrace change. Don’t resist it. In the words of JIm Rohn, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
“It is the small disciplines that lead to great accomplishments.”- Jim Rohn
There is no success without discipline. If you want to become who you want to be, you must discipline yourself. Do the things that are important to you. Don’t spend your time on things that are not getting you any closer to your dreams. For example, if you have an important project to work on, instead of watching the TV, spend time on your project. You can watch your TV later. In other words, according Stephen Covey, “Do the first thing first.” Focus on what will make you a better, smarter person.
“If you have everything under control, you are not moving fast enough.”– Mario Andretti, Race Car Driver
If you have everything under control in your life, it means you are not moving fast enough. It means you are not taking calculated risks. It means you are playing it too safe. It is okay to play it safe, but know when to say, ‘enough is enough.’ If you want to take risks, make sure that the risks are worth taking. Make sure they are going to help you become a better person. Don’t take risks because people pressured you to do so. Take risks because you know is the right thing to do. Remember to look before you jump. Don’t jump before you look.
Failure is Inevitable.
“Failure is inevitable, make it a strength.”- J.K. Rowling
Failure is a part of life. It is a part of the game of life. If you want to move forward, if you want to learn, if you want to be a better person, you MUST embrace failure. It is okay to failure, but don’t make it a habit. If you fail at something, don’t beat yourself up. Listen to yourself. Learn from failure, and move on. Michael Jordan said, “I can accept failure, everyone fail at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Failure is not a crime, not trying is. If you want to be better than you are today, don’t let the fear of failure stops you from pursuing your purpose in life.
People are not doing what they were created to do because they don’t want to make mistakes. They don’t want to be seen as incompetent or incapable people. Mistakes mean different things to different people. Is a mistake really a curse or a blessing?
People don’t learn, grow, and expand, because they
are scared of making embarrassing mistakes. If you want to discover new things,
if you want to change the status quo, if you want to experiment, if you want to
grow, if you want to do what no one has tried, if you want to be different, if
you want to do great things, you must embrace mistakes. The art of making
mistakes is not a curse, but a blessing. It is a blessing, not a curse.
The art of making mistakes is best thing that has
ever happened any of us. If you embrace mistakes, you will have the courage to
do new things. You will have the courage to learn, unlearn, and relearn.
People who are doing well in their various careers
are those who love to play with making mistakes. They love making mistakes.
They know with mistakes come new ways of doing things- new ways of thinking,
new ways of solving problems, and new ways of looking at new things.
If you love growth, if you want to reach the top
of your career, you MUST embrace the art of making mistakes. If you want to
learn, expect to make mistakes. It is okay. If you are not making mistakes, you
are not learning. You are probably playing it too safe. Learn how to make
mistakes. If you want to, start with the small ones, the ones that will not
cost you and your organization a fortune.
Embrace the art of making mistakes, and you will
continue to grow.
If you want to succeed in life, you must first master the art of failing. Failure is a part of life. When people fail at something, we should celebrate them. We should not punish them for trying to succeed.
When you try to do something new, when you try to modify something old, you are going to make mistakes. If you make mistakes while trying, don’t beat yourself up. Don’t deny your failure. Embrace your failure. But learn from it.
When you fail, it is okay to fail, but don’t make it permanent. The only person who can make your failure permanent is YOU. You must rise above your failure and take action to succeed. Woody Allen said, “If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything innovative.”
To be innovative, you must be ready to fail. You must be ready to make lots of mistakes. There are no progress without mistakes. There are no innovations without mistakes. Success is built on failures. If you want to succeed, you must be ready to fail.
Failure is an opportunity for you to start again. It is not the end. It is the beginning. If you try, you will fail. If you don’t try, you will not fail.
People don’t try anything new because they don’t want to fail. People don’t try anything new because they are comfortable with what they are doing. People don’t try because they are afraid to take risks.
If you don’t risk, you will not succeed. If you don’t grow, you will not move forward. If you want to succeed, you must be comfortable taking risks. Success is built on failure. Success is built on risks. Success is built on defeats. It does not matter how many times you mess up, the question is: are you getting better or getting worse. If you are getting better, you are not a failure. If you are NOT getting better, you are not a failure, but change your strategy. Maybe your strategy is not working. It is not about you. It is about your strategy.
Don’t worry about your failures. You should worry about staying in the same place. You should worry about not growing. You should worry about not having the courage to embrace your failures.
If you embrace failure, you will learn something new. Whenever you fail, pay attention to what you are going to learn from it. It has something great to teach you. You can only learn if you pay attention. If not, the same thing will happen again.